Speaking of invading France...
Patton was right.
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
It is very easy for ignorant people to think that success in war may be gained by the use of some wonderful invention rather than by hard fighting and superior leadership.
Taking the war to the jihadis in Afghanistan and Iraq has certainly proven the latter true.
France, what would we do without your philosophers? I'd love to test it empirically.
Jean-Francois Revel is one we should keep in the publishing control group.
Moving from our allies the French over the Chunnel to the UK. Howdy friend!
Guardian or Monty Python?
It's OK that the Guardian picks on us a little bit. Our own 'loyal' opposition has been known to stretch some analogies or bend some facts. Dick insists criticism comes from the orchestrated right-wing attack machine. "He's a hero for speaking out," and so forth. Steyn's dose of reality:
But give Mr. Durbin credit. Every third-rate hack on every European newspaper can do the Americans-are-Nazis shtick. Amnesty International has already declared Guantanamo the "gulag of our times." But I do believe the senator is the first to compare the U.S. armed forces with the blood-drenched thugs of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. Way to go, Senator. If you had a dime for every crackpot Web site that takes up your thoughtful historical comparison, you would be able to retire to the Caribbean and spend the rest of your days torturing yourself with hot weather and loud music, as well as inappropriately provocative women and insufficient choice of hors d'oeuvre and all the other shameful atrocities at Guantanamo.
Do you remember Stripes?
What kind of training have you been doing soldier?
Wahhabi training, brother!
All were being trained as dias--preachers who would, on graduation, go out to Asia and Africa, as well as Europe and America, to do dawa: run mosques, madrasas and Islamic centres, teach and preach.